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30th April

That first four months went quick didn't it !!!

Kaliviani list....

Blackbird....Griffon Vulture.... Chaffinch....Yellow-legged Gull....Sardinian Warbler....Woodchat Shrike....Raven Barn Swallow.... Italian Sparrow.... Kestrel....Eleonora's Falcon 3.... Cuckoo ....Greenfinch....Great Tit....     Crested Lark.

 

 

 

 

29th April

Kaliviani list....

Chaffinch....Blackbird....Crested Lark.... Swift....Yellow-legged Gull....Cetti's Warbler.... Hooded Crow....   Sardinian Warbler.... Woodchat Shrike...Italian Sparrow.... Common Buzzard 4.... Alpine Swift....Barn Swallow.... Shag 4.... Honey Buzzard 3.... Black Kite 1.... Griffon Vulture 3....Eleonora's Falcon 1....Greenfinch....               Black-eared Wheatear.... Aquila sp 3 distant UID ....Spotted Flycatcher

 

 

 

 

28th April

!!!!!! PIED OR CYPRUS WHEATEAR at Kaliviani !!!!!!!!

OK so we are two days back from our first ever visit to Cyprus and from our balcony today we spot a Pied /Cyprus Wheatear , no we did not smuggle one back , no I did not use pics from Cyprus . Unbelievable ! yes  we have submitted the images for ID and wait for the outcome . It would be a first for Cyprus Wheatear on Crete and only the 6th record for a Pied Wheatear . Well happy takes our Crete list to 246 and house list to 159.

Kaliviani list today 32 species....

Chaffinch....Pied/Cyprus Wheatear....Bee-eater 45....Common Buzzard.... Swift.... Italian Sparrow.... Alpine Swift Hooded Crow....Yellow-legged Gull....Woodchat Shrike (pair mating)....Golden Oriole....Cetti's Warbler... Blackbird....Pied Flycatcher....Barn Swallow....Kestrel.... Marsh Harrier....Greenfinch.... Honey Buzzard 2  Raven....Red-rumped Swallow....House Martin.... Sand Martin....Eleonora's Falcon 3.... Chukar.... Turtle Dove 2. Shag 4.... Crested Lark....Collared Dove....Griffon Vulture 7.... Barn Owl....Scops Owl

A Red-footed Falcon female was seen near Kissamos, not by us ! 

 

 

 

   

27th April

Well we are back on Crete after a great weeks birding on Cyprus .

Our Kaliviani list ....

Swift...House Martin....Sand Martin....Golden Oriole....Chaffinch.... Bee-eater....Barn Swallow....Blackbird.... Black-eared Wheatear....Griffon Vulture.... Woodchat Shrike....Cetti's Warbler.... Reed Warbler....Greenfinch.... Common Buzzard....Tree pipit....Blue Rock Thrush....Collared Dove.... Kestrel.... Alpine Swift....Blackcap.

 

 

 

 

19-26th April

NO REPORTS , WE WERE AWAY BIRDING IN CYPRUS

 

 

 

18th April

Kaliviani list....

Chaffinch....Italian Sparrow....Bee-eater 13....Woodchat Shrike 5... Barn Swallow....Yellow-legged Gull....   Hooded Crow.... Sardinian Warbler....Blackbird.... Common Buzzard 28 (gave up staring at distant dots in the sky after an hour)....House Martin....Cetti's Warbler.... Sparrowhawk 1.... Swift....Alpine Swift.... Sand Martin.... Black-eared Wheatear....Red-rumped Swallow.... Griffon Vulture 5....Lesser Spotted Eagle 1.... Kestrel 2....   Scops Owl ( several heard tonight)....Barn Owl 1....

Beach area  Viglia.... Cormorant 1....Shag 4....Little Egret 1....Little Ringed Plover 2

 

 

 

 

17th April

Kaliviani list.... 

17/04/2016.....
We had 13 species of raptor today some too far away to get a picture...Common Buzzard c20.... Honey Buzzard 1.... Eleonora's Falcon 7.... Sparrowhawk 2.... Montagu's Harrier 1.... Griffon Vulture 1.... Booted Eagle 3 (2 dark, 1 pale )....Eastern Imperial Eagle 1.... Spotted Eagle 2.... Kestrel 1....Marsh Harrier 1.... Bonelli's Eagle 2....Lesser Spotted Eagle 1.....

Others ....Scops Owl.... Chaffinch....Blackbird.... Hooded Crow.... Bee-eater... Woodchat Shrike 6.... Sardinian Warbler.... Goldfinch....Great Tit.. Barn Swallow.... Crested Lark....Woodlark.... Cetti's Warbler.... Swift....Alpine Swift.... Black-eared Wheatear....Nightingale... Red-rumped Swallow.... Italian Sparrow.... Greenfinch.... Yellow-legged Gull.... Tree Pipit....Scops Owl

 

 

 

 

 

16th April

Kaliviani list....

Common Buzzard migration continues, we counted 37 heading north this morning..... at 1300hrs 41 were sighted heading back inland. 

Other species for the day....

Chaffinch....Goldfinch....Woodlark.... Shag....Swift....Alpine Swift.... Pallid Swift....Raven.... Hooded Crow Cetti's Warbler.... Blackbird....Woodchat Shrike....House Martin.... Sparrowhawk.... Barn Swallow.... Marsh Harrier.... Bee-eater.... Chukar.... Common Buzzard 41.... Crested Lark.... Kestrel.... Greenfinch ....Black Kite ....       Montagu's Harrier.... Semi-collared Flycatcher.... Golden Eagle....Scops Owl

 

A Steppe Eagle was seen on Gramvousa and Long -eared Owl on Akrotiri by Alan and Margraret Hargrave.. Nice finds well done along with ...Grey Heron, Little Ringed Plover, Black-winged Stilt, Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Curlew Sandpiper Tavronitis rivermouth

Nikos Samaritakis spotted these  at Lakki - Omalos - Xiloskalo

Seen or heard: Bearded Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Common Buzzard, Chukar, Collared Dove, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Wryneck, Alpine Swift, Bee-eater, Wood Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Serin, Linnet, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Raven, Hooded Crow, Red-billed Chough, Italian Sparrow, Nightingale, Stonechat, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Blackbird, Wren, Woodlark, Corn Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Sardinian Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap,Tawny Pipit, Barn Swallow, Crag Martin, Blue Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Scops Owl, Woodchat Shrike

 

 

 

 

 

15th April

Kaliviani list.... 

Blackbird....Chaffinch....Cetti's warbler....Shag 1,....Hoopoe 1.... Hooded Crow.... Marsh Harrier....               Common Buzzard....Barn Swallow.... Cormorant 1....Yellow-legged Gull....Bee-eater 2.... Italian Sparrow....           Scops Owl

 

 

 

 

14th April

                                          ----------Four and Twenty Blackbirds and a Sfakion Pie ;-)-------------

 

 

An early start up at 0500 to meet Nikos at Souda for a run out to Anopoli / Sfakion area , mainly in hope of seeing Crossbills and Treecreepers, Success with the latter, the Crossbills we dipped on frown emoticon .

 

Our list for the day....42 species
Lammergeier 1... Griffon Vulture 3....Montagu's Harrier 1 male.... Common Buzzard 1 heard only !!!....Kestrel 2.... Yellow-legged Gull 1.... Chukar (heard)....Rock Dove.... Wood Pigeon....Collared Dove.... Turtle Dove 1 (heard).... Cuckoo 1 + several heard....Hoopoe 2 + lots heard....Bee-eater 2 groups heard.... Crested Lark....Woodlark... Crag Martin 8-10.... Barn Swallow 1 Redstart (Nikos)... Black-eared Wheatear c10....Stonechat....                 Blackbird ( lost count )....Blue Rock Thrush 4.... Blackcap (heard). Whitethroat a group of possibly 7...           Sardinian Warbler 2.... Ruppell's Warbler 1 male.... Willow Warbler 1.... Pied Flycatcher 1 Great Tit... Blue Tit.... Short-toed Treecreeper c10.... Woodchat Shrike 2.... Jay....Hooded Crow....Raven.... Italian Sparrow.... Chaffinch.... Linnet.... Goldfinch....Greenfinch.... Corn Bunting

Rounded off with a glass of Raki and Sfakion Pie at the bakery in Anopoli

 

 

 

13th April

Tavronitis River mouth is holding several wader species Spotted Redshank....Curlew Sandpiper....Greenshank .... Little Stint...Wood Sandpiper

An adult Egyptian Vulture passed through Antikythira was not seen here on Crete !

Kaliviani list....

Chaffinch.... Serin....Great Tit.... Cetti's Warbler....Crested Lark....Woodlark....Blackbird....Sardinian Warbler.... Yellow-legged Gull....Barn Swallow....Alpine Swift....Red-rumped Swallow.... House Martin....Wood Warbler.... Kestrel....Redstart....Common Buzzard 17....Marsh Harrier 9....Sparrowhawk....Pallid Harrier....Goldfinch.... Black-eared Wheatear....Northern Wheatear....Pied Flycatcher....Whinchat....Italian Sparrow....Bee-eater  65+   Eleonora's Falcon 1...Yellow Wagtail.... Griffon Vulture 4.... Tree Pipit....Pallid Swift

 

 

 

 

12th April

A good raptor day today 11 species seen 

Kaliviani list....

Chaffinch....Yellow-legged Gull.... Tree Pipit....Cetti's Warbler.... Crested Lark.... Kestrel....Chukar.... Goldfinch House Martin.... Barn Swallow....Sparrowhawk 3.... Common Buzzard 193.... Montagu's Harrier 1.... Woodlark... Alpine Swift....Bee-eater.... Swift....Booted Eagle 1....Hobby 1.... Griffon Vulture 3...Sand Martin....Marsh Harrier 3 Short-toed Eagle....Peregrine Falcon.... Steppe Buzzard 1.... Red-rumped Swallow....Barn Owl....Scops Owl

 

 

 

 

11th April

Kaliviani species....

Bee-eater....Chaffinch....Cetti's warbler.... Hooded Crow....Sardinian Warbler.... Crag Martin.... Barn Swallow... Crested Lark....Yellow-legged Gull.... Common Buzzard....Corn Bunting....Greenfinch

A trip out to Akrotiri, very windy and only a few species seen....

Collared Dove....Common Buzzard....Kestrel.... Woodchat Shrike 3.... Sardinian Warbler....Stonechat....         Hooded Crow....Raven....Yellow-legged Gull....Blackbird....Italian Sparrow.... Blue Rock Thrush....Chaffinch.... Woodlark   Great Tit.... Barn Swallow....Crested Lark.... 

 

 

 

 

10th April

It has been an odd week the weather has seen adverse and variable winds with very few sightings of the smaller migrants.. Antikythira has had flycatchers , we have seen none on Crete !! also Nightjar and other species we would expect to see here have maybe flown straight through, or this spring chosen different routes .

Malta to the west and Cyprus to the east have both had rarities , Crete, it seems is missing out !

Kaliviani list...

Chaffinch....Hooded Crow.... Alpine Swift.... Barn Swallow.... Marsh Harrier 2 m&f.... Common Buzzard 30+... Griffon Vulture 3.... Cetti's Warbler.... Tree Pipit.... Goldfinch.... Kestrel 2.... House Martin... Blackbird.... Shag 3.... Red-rumped Swallow.... Swift.... Saprrowhawk 1.... Blackbird....Yellow-legged Gull....Sardinian Warbler....       Bee-eater , a good sized flock passed noisily but we could not locate them !!  ... Great Tit

 

 

 

 

9th April

The arrival of two birding friends this morning had us walking locally and heading out onto Gramvousa and then to Falasarna.

The weather was not perfect but we all had a good day especially when one of us spotted Ruppell's Warbler, not one but two ! a nice sighting which had us scanning the undergrowth for some time.

Kaliviani list....

Chaffinch....Sparrowhawk.... Crested Lark.... Tree Pipit....Hooded Crow....Raven....Great Tit....Greenfinch...  Yellow-legged Gull....  Red-rumped Swallow.... Barn Swallow...Little Ringed Plover....Bee-eater 1

Gramvousa list....

Woodlark...Tree Pipit....Great Tit.... Common Buzzard 5.... White Wagtail.... Bonelli's Eagle 1.... Raven....     Yellow-legged Gull...Barn Swallow.... Hooded Crow.... Blackbird.... Chaffinch.... Sardinian Warbler.... Shag Ruppell's Warbler 2....Black-eared Wheatear.... Crested Lark....Blue Rock Thrush.... Stonechat....Linnet.... Willow Warbler.  

Falasarna list....

Yellow Wagtail....Purple Heron 1.... Chaffinch.... Wood Sandpiper....Common Sandpiper .... Yellow-legged Gull... Hooded Crow.... Little Ringed Plover.... Collared Dove.... Squacco Heron 1.... Blackbird....Common Buzzard.... Kestrel.... Goldfinch.... Goldfinch.... Greenfinch.... Tawny Pipit 3... Italian Sparrow.... Northern Wheatear... Whinchat...  Barn Swallow....Swift

 

 

 

 

 

8th April

Kaliviani list....

Chaffinch.... Hooded Crow....Bee-eater.... Woodchat Shrike 4.... Crested Lark.... Sardinian Warbler.... Blackcap... Woodlark.... Linnet....Common Buzzard.... Alpine Swift.... Barn Swallow.... House Martin.... Griffon Vulture.... Yellow-legged Gull.... Cetti's Warbler.... Greenfinch.... Hen Harrier.....Scops Owl

 

 

 

 

7th April

Today we spotted the first arrival here of Eleonora's Falcon a single dark morph bird gave us a fleeting glimpse as it flew out onto the peninsula.

Kaliviani list....

Chaffinch.... Hooded Crow.... Blackbird 6.... Yellow-legged Gull.... Chukar....Wood Warbler 1....Sardinian Warbler Common Buzzard 18....Cetti's Warbler.... Great Tit.... Barn Swallow....Sparrowhawk.... Woodlark....Crested Lark. House Martin....Eleonora's Falcon 1.... Bee-eater 1.... Collared Dove.... Little Egret.... Little Ringed Plover 3.... Greenfinch.... Shag 2....Cormorant 1.

 

 

 

 

6th April

Kaliviani list....

Cetti's Warbler...Blackbird.... Chaffinch.... Sardinian Warbler....Hooded Crow.... Crested Lark.... Collared Dove.... Goldfinch.... Shag 2.... Yellow-legged Gull.... Barn Swallow.... House Martin.... Chukar 1....Kestrel 2 ... Raven Whinchat.... Common Buzzard 28.... Sparrowhawk 2.... Woodchat Shrike 2.... Nightingale... Bee-eater 1....     Alpine Swift.... Tree Pipit.... Great Tit.... Black-eared Wheatear.... Goldfinch

 

 

 

 

5th April

 Starting to liven up now , after this mornings great sightings at the house we decided to head off locally around 11am   

We have spotted since February over 1900 Common Buzzard , over 700+ today alone , they just kept coming rising up on thermals above the peninsula very high and away north they were joined by a few aquilas as well putting our total for raptors for the day at 13 species .

Good numbers of Whinchat , six sat on a fence together and Woodchat shrike numbers are picking up too

Further east on the island waders are starting to arrive  and on Antikythira just north of Gramvousa  they have been catching flycatchers at the ringing station , we have yet to see them here on Crete

 

List of species for Kaliviani 

Sardinian Warbler... Chaffinch.... House Martin.... Sand Martin.... Sparrrowhawk....Pallid Harrier....

Yellow-legged Gull...Cuckoo... Marsh Harrier....Cetti's Warbler....Common Buzzard 37... Nightingale....Shag.... Woodlark....Black-eared Wheatear... Blackbird....Kestrel ... Crested Lark....Goldfinch.... Barn Swallow....

Hooded Crow.... Raven.... UID Aquila ....Peregrine Falcon....Ringtail Harrier.... Scops Owl.

 

 

Gramvousa list 05/04/2016

Barn Swallow....Common Buzzard 700+ !!!!!!....Chaffinch... . Montagu's Harrier .... Goldfinch....Swift....                     Alpine Swift.... Blackcap.... Sparrowhawk.... Cetti's Warbler.... Alpine Swift... Hooded Crow...Blue Tit.... Kestrel....Bee-eater.... Bonelli's Eagle 3. Whinchat 6 ....Black-eared Wheatear....Tree Pipit.... Northern Wheatear Greenfinch...Woodlark.... Blackbird.... Chukar.... Italian Sparrow....Blue Rock Thrush.... Sardinian Warbler.... Great Tit.... Red-throated Pipit....Meadow Pipit.... Booted Eagle.... Hen Harrier.... Eastern Imperial Eagle.... Golden Eagle.... Woodchat Shrike.... Crested Lark.... Stonechat.... Griffon Vulture.... Raven....Corn Bunting.

 

 

 

 

4th April

 Kaliviani list....

Hooded Crow.... Italian Sparrow....Chaffinch....Woodchat Shrike 1.... Redstart 2.... Nightingale 3.... Blackbird 3.... Sardinian Warbler.... Yellow-legged Gull.... Common Buzzard 23.... Booted Eagle 1 dark morph.... Crested Lark.... Woodlark....Red-rumped Swallow c20.... Alpine Swift 1....Italian Sparrow.... Goldfinch....Meadow Pipit .... Sparrowhawk 3.... Hobby 1.... Cetti's Warbler.... Hoopoe 1.... Griffon Vulture 1.... Chukar.... Raven....                 Barn Swallow.... Willow Warbler....Pallid Harrier 1 

 

 

 

 

3rd April

Kaliviani list....

Blackbird....Chaffinch....Cetti's Warbler...Woodlark....Hooded Crow.... Barn Swallow....Yellow-legged Gull.... Cormorant 1....Shag 1.... Common Buzzard 3....Nightingale.... Marsh Harrier 2....Sparrowhawk 1....Raven....   Italian Sparrow....Crested Lark.... Bee-eater( heard could not locate ).... Crested Lark.

 

 

 

2nd April

Kaliviani List....

Chaffinch....Hooded Crow....Cetti's Warbler....Crested Lark....Yellow-legged Gull....Nightingale.... Shag.... Kestrel....Common Buzzard.... Sardinian Warbler....Great Tit....Woodlark....Blackbird....Goldfinch....     Sparrowhawk.... Scops Owl ....Pallid Harrier 

 

 

 

 

 1st April

A small list from the Kaliviani area, then a trip along the coast and to Agyia Lake

Kaliviani list....

Chaffinch....Woodlark....Common Buzzard....Blackbird....Yellow-legged Gull....Shag....Sardinian Warbler.... Goldfinch....  Cetti's warbler....Nightingale 2.... Chukar....Tree Pipit.... Black-eared Wheatear.... Crested Lark.... Griffon Vulture....Sparrowhawk....Bee-eater (heard)...

Coast Kolymbari to Gerani.... Collared Dove....Italian Sparrow.... Goldfinch...Blackbird....Cetti's Warbler.... Northern Wheatear....Meadow Pipit....Great Tit....Greenfinch.... Little Ringed Plover c12.... Yellow Wagtail c12.... Common Buzzard 6.... Yellow-legged Gull....Cormorant 1.... Marsh Harrier 1.... Bee-eater 5....Barn Swallow.... Stonechat.... Crested lark....Woodchat Shrike 1

Agyia list....Little Grebe....Black-necked Grebe 1.... Wigeon 2.... Coot....Moorhen.... Marsh Harrier 1....         Yellow-legged Gull c50....Tufted Duck 10....Swift....Little Crake 2.... Squacco Heron 1....Reed Warbler (several heard)....  Whinchat ....Blackcap....Common Buzzard 3.... White Wagtail.... Cetti's Warbler....Cormorant 1.... Great Tit...  

Two very large goldfinch found dead probably died spawning , three others found live in shallow water probably egg laying.